The disconcerting and often dangerous sensation of being blinded by an oncoming driver who failed to turn down high-beam headlights may become a thing of the past, if European headlight technology can pass muster in the U.S. Some testing on the lights is being done at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where senior researcher John Bullough is examining the so-called "matrix lights" on an Audi A7 luxury sedan.
Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
Screens before bedtime harm sleep. The effect is biggest for teenagers. Mariana Figueiro and her colleagues at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, studied people aged 15 to 17. Melatonin levels were 23% lower after an hour of looking at a screen. After two hours, they were 38% lower.
The latest light & health study by Rensselaer Professor Mariana Figueiro of the Lighting Research Center is presented in this audio piece that was featured on the homepage of Economist.com
"We can take for granted that LED headlights and signal lights are going to be bright enough and use a lot less power," says John D. Bullough, senior research scientist at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. "So now the focus is on performance..."
A new program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center seeks to make OLED lighting more practical to manufacture -- and more affordable for consumers.
K.V. Lakshmi, an associate professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Solar Energy is leading a team of 14 scientists working to unlock the secret of how plants use sunlight to split water molecules and release electricity.
Rensselaer Professor Russ Leslie, Associate Director of the Lighting Research Center, speaks with The Wall Street Journal about daylighting in office buildings.
Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, will give the keynote address at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Rensselaer Center for Future Energy Systems on Feb. 26.
The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York is developing a system that could transform people's homes and lives by regulating the amount of light to which they are exposed. At its heart is a device known as a Daysimeter, which was developed by a team led by Professors Mark Rea and Mariana Figueiro.
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